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July 14, 2010

Washington, D.C. – Sue Else, president of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, today issued the following statement in response to the tape recordings of Mel Gibson and his ex-girlfriend.   

“Mel Gibson’s behavior on the recordings is deplorable.  His violent threats and demeaning words are themselves forms of abuse.

"I’m troubled by some of the media coverage of these recordings.  Several so-called experts have wrongly blamed Gibson’s ex-girlfriend for his violent, racist behavior.  Victims of intimate partner violence are never to blame for the abuse perpetrated against them. 

“Mel Gibson needs to take responsibility for his actions, and he must be held accountable.     

“The William Morris Endeavor agency did the right thing when it dropped him from its list of clients.”